Here's how Pakistan ranks among world's English speaking countries

One of the reasons cited is the low percentage of people with access to the Internet


News Desk November 19, 2016
PHOTO: AFP

Have you ever wondered which country in the world speaks the best English? A new report released by private education company, Education First (EF) has ranked 72 countries according to their English proficiency based on an online test.

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With a very high proficiency rating Netherland tops the list, just ahead of Denmark and Sweden, who rank in second and third place respectively. Iraq ranks last on the list with a very low English proficiency level.

PHOTO: Education First

With a low overall proficiency level, Pakistan ranks 48 on the list. Among reasons cited are the low percentage of people with access to the Internet and the level of spending on education.

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The results do not reflect the English proficiency of a country’s entire population. They are based on people who took the EF Standard English Test (EFSET), during 2015. The English Proficiency Index is based on the test scores of 950,000 adults from 72 countries.

Here is a complete list of countries mapped according to their English language proficiency.

01 Netherlands

02 Denmark

03 Sweden

04 Norway

05 Finland

06 Singapore

07 Luxembourg

08 Austria

09 Germany

10 Poland

11 Belgium

12 Malaysia

13 Philippines

14 Switzerland

15 Portugal

16 Czech Republic

17 Serbia

18 Hungary

19 Argentina

20 Romania

21 Slovakia

22 India

23 Dominican Republic

24 Bulgaria

25 Spain

26 Bosnia and Herzegovina

27 South Korea

28 Italy

29 France

30 Hong Kong

31 Vietnam

32 Indonesia

33 Taiwan

34 Russia

35 Japan

36 Uruguay

37 Macau

38 Costa Rica

39 China

40 Brazil

41 Ukraine

42 Chile

43 Mexico

44 Morocco

45 Peru

46 U.A.E.

47 Ecuador

48 Pakistan

49 Colombia

50 Panama

51 Turkey

52 Tunisia

53 Guatemala

54 Kazakhstan

55 Egypt

56 Thailand

57 Azerbaijan

58 Sri Lanka

59 Qatar

60 Venezuela

61 Iran

62 Jordan

63 El Salvador

64 Oman

65 Kuwait

66 Mongolia

67 Algeria

68 Saudi Arabia

69 Cambodia

70 Laos

71 Libya

72 Iraq

COMMENTS (11)

imran | 4 years ago | Reply I have lived in austria for two years no way they cannot be at number 8.
Saleha Shahid | 4 years ago | Reply Net test is not a criteria to judge literacy rate or English speakers. Many people who use net and can speak in fluent English do not know about the assessment.
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